A whale that washed ashore was tagged with graffiti in New Jersey by someone trying to promote further indignity. The Minke whale, which was roughly 12 to 15 feet long, was discovered Thursday morning below Atlantic City’s Central Pier.
Police tell The Press of Atlantic City the purple markings are not gang-related and appear to be Greek letters.
The letters appeared to be Tau Epsilon Phi, a fraternity that has chapters at several area schools, followed by what looked like “94.”
Bob Schoelkopf of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center says the whale appeared to have been dead for several days and washed up during a strong storm. It had no sign of trauma. Authorities did not know the cause of the whale’s death, though a pathologist and other scientists were on scene.
A plan to bury the creature near the boardwalk has apparently unnerved locals.
Mary Mitchell, who owns a psychic shop on the 1700 block of the Boardwalk, said she and her neighbors were worried that the decomposing whale would smell during the summer.
New Jersey’s whale issues, though, may pale in comparison to Newfoundland’s. There, the Canadian government is planning to take ownership of the bloated, decomposing carcass of an 80-foot-long whale that is apparently in danger of exploding.